By Capt. Johnathon Knapton, ASC Public AffairsFebruary 20, 2013
ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. -- Col. Scott Lofreddo, Army Sustainment Command chief of staff, addressed a gathering of 60 Davenport Civil Air Patrol cadets and guests during an awards dinner Feb. 2.
The event, held at Davenport's Trinity Lutheran School, honored cadet achievements throughout the past year, culminating in the presentation of three General Billy Mitchell Awards.
"Only 15 percent of cadets throughout the country earn this award," said Randy Mester, Davenport Civil Air Patrol activities commander.
Recipients of the award were Cadet 2nd Lt. Roy Schindler, Cadet 2nd Lt. Brandon Gore and Cadet 2nd Lt. Logan Rathjen.
"The General Billy Mitchell Award is earned by Civil Air Patrol cadets who have successfully completed the second phase of the cadet program. It marks the end of their enlisted phase of the cadet program. Cadets are promoted to Cadet Second Lieutenants upon receipt and, by extension, cadet officers," Mester said.
The award is named in honor of Maj. Gen. William "Billy" Mitchell, deputy chief of the Army Air Service during World War II, and a military aviation visionary.
The Army Sustainment Command supports United States and coalition forces around the world.